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Rajasthan faces hike in electricity tariff
By d-sector Team  | 14 Jan 2011

MNCs buying generic drug producers is a concern
By d-sector Team  | 14 Jan 2011

Delhi to have shelter homes for pregnant women
By d-sector Team  | 13 Jan 2011

Changes sought in British abortion law
By d-sector Team  | 13 Jan 2011

A prospering but unhealthy nation
By d-sector Team  | 13 Jan 2011

Cancer declared as notifiable disease in WB
By d-sector Team  | 06 Jan 2011

Govt takes steps to improve healthcare system in India
By d-sector Team  | 05 Jan 2011

New 'treatment guidelines' for cancer patients
By d-sector Team  | 05 Jan 2011

Eastern India lags in rural electrification
By d-sector Team  | 05 Jan 2011

Bengal CM against complete ban on child labour
By d-sector Team  | 04 Jan 2011

PF number to be replaced by UID number
By d-sector Team  | 04 Jan 2011

Women win majority of seats in Jharkhand Panchayat elections
By d-sector Team  | 03 Jan 2011

Indian researchers search for solar hot spots
By d-sector Team  | 03 Jan 2011

North-east India to get better connectivity
By d-sector Team  | 01 Jan 2011

Make agriculture intellectually stimulating: Swaminathan
By d-sector Team  | 01 Jan 2011

WFP hails Brazil's role in fighting global hunger
By d-sector Team  | 01 Jan 2011

Jairam Ramesh firm on Jaitapur nuclear plant
By d-sector Team  | 30 Dec 2010

Education for child labourers in Assam
By d-sector Team  | 29 Dec 2010

Law under anvil to regulate surrogacy
By d-sector Team  | 29 Dec 2010

India fares poorly on breast-feeding Index
By d-sector Team  | 27 Dec 2010

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Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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